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June 14, 2014

Intellect, passion and ambition

Where it all began

 

There are few things we believe in more than the value of crafting beer with integrity, passion, ambition and history. We're preserving the art of American brewing, by producing only premium American ales and lagers. We use 100% natural ingredients; whole flower hops, the best grains, cultured brewer's yeast and fresh water located directly beneath our farm in a deep rock aquifer.

 

Now available in cans!

Enjoy keg flavor at home

 

The Fresh Local Delicious flavor of Twin Lakes Greenville Pale Ale is now available in cans. You've had it at your favorite pub or tavern, and maybe you've dropped by to our brewery to fill a growler or two, but finally you can take some home and keep it for a few days. Local distributors all over the state of Delaware and many in Pennsylvania and Maryland can now sell you a full case of our incomparable Greenville Pale Ale.

Greenville Pale Ale

BREWED WITH PASSION

Greenville Pale Ale is a traditional, American-style Pale Ale that is rooted in the Pacific Northwest brewing tradition. We use whole flower Cascade hops and American two-row barley malt to produce a light amber ale that is medium bodied with a significant floral-citrus hop essence and aroma that makes it extremely drinkable and refreshing. One of our brewers said “You should name a beer after the town it’s brewed in.” So we did. This is our signature brew. Greenville Pale Ale represents both our local roots in Greenville, Delaware and our interest in “green” technology for the future.

Style American Pale Ale
ABV 5.5%
IBU 52

BEST PAIRED WITH

Meat, fish or almost any cuisine

Winterthur Wheat

BREWED WITH PASSION

Winterthur Wheat is our version of an American West Coast Wheat beer. This thirst quenching ale is smartly hopped and has a uniquely crisp and sparkling taste. We blend two-row barley malt and wheat malt with whole flower Cascade hops to create this refreshing wheat beer with a distinctive flavor. Once they taste it, even people who say they don’t like wheat beers are instant fans. This is a great beer for warm summer afternoons and evenings.

Those familiar with Delaware’s Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway will recognize the name Winterthur. Located just up the road from our brewery, Winterthur is a former DuPont family estate and is now an internationally renowned museum and nature garden. Inspired by Winterthur’s rolling fields, we named our wheat beer after this local American treasure. In addition to its architectural beauty, Winterthur also features the art of such noted local artists as George “Frolic” Weymouth, whose painting, “Wheat,” is on our trademark label.

Style Golden Ale
ABV 5.5%
IBU 35

BEST PAIRED WITH

Summer salads, Indian and Asian foods.

Tweeds Tavern Stout

BREWED WITH PASSION

Named after the historic Tweeds Tavern, one of the earliest breweries in Delaware, Tweeds Tavern Stout is an American stout fashioned in the Pacific Northwest style. It features a complex blend of the freshest American ingredients including black roasted barley, black malt, rolled oats, red wheat with Cascade and Galena hops. Our stout is mellow and mild with pleasant, roasted coffee and chocolate elegance and smoothly balanced body. It produces a thick, rich, foamy, mocha head that clings to the glass. People who say they don’t like dark beers are surprised once they taste our stout and experience for themselves how delicious and drinkable it is.

You’ll find the original, restored Tweeds Tavern in nearby Tweeds Park in Hockessin, Delaware. The tavern was a favorite meeting place for early American farmers and merchants driving Conestoga wagons to market. The stout was brewed on the premises for the enjoyment of its many parched patrons. Twin Lakes is proud to continue the tradition by brewing this historical American stout.

Style Stout
ABV 5%
IBU 45

BEST PAIRED WITH

Broiled or roasted fish, chicken, pork or ham. Or, try making a “Stout float” with chocolate ice cream! (Yes, we’re totally serious! It’s great!)

Route 52 Pilsner

BREWED WITH PASSION

This light golden Pilsner lets the natural taste of our pure, deep rock well water shine through and highlights the plentiful whole flower Spalt hops. Route 52 is no weak, timid American lager. In combination with the traditional European Pils Malt and Bohemian lager yeast, we have created a clean, crisp and very flavorful beer.

Route 52 derives its name from the National Scenic Byway that passes by Twin Lakes Farm. Our community is rich in history, art and beauty, and our location and historic setting inspire us to craft a beer that reflects our heritage. From our traditional American style pilsner recipe to the painstaking effort we put into hand crafting this delicious beer, our Route 52 is proof positive that Twin Lakes Brewery is “Preserving the Art of Brewing.” both our local roots in Greenville, Delaware and our interest in “green” technology for the future.

Style Pilsner
ABV 5.5%
IBU 40

BEST PAIRED WITH

Spicy summer foods, seafood and Chesapeake Bay crabs.

Oktoberfest

BREWED WITH PASSION

Our Oktoberfest is designed to emulate the traditional Vienna style lager using American ingredients. We use the finest American two row and Briess Ashburne and Bolander Munich malt, Tattnanger hops and Bohemian lager yeast. Oktoberfest is malty and crisp but not sweet, with a smooth, balanced finish and understated hops.

We first crafted this beer to celebrate Oktoberfest at the Delaware Saengerbund. This annual German festival brings the spirit of Munich, Germany’s grand festival to Delaware with Bavarian bands, German food and folk dancing. Twin Lakes Oktoberfest blends the tradition of German brewing with the innovative American spirit.

Style Vienna Style Lager
ABV 6%
IBU 40

BEST PAIRED WITH

German cuisine and American pub fare

Caesar Rodney Golden Ale

BREWED WITH PASSION

Maris Otter malt from the UK gives our Ceasar Rodney Ale its beautiful golden color. This malt has a uniquely rich flavor profile. Well balanced with Cascade hops, our ale has a creamy texture and a slightly nutty or biscuit taste with a mellow finish. A thick, rich, foamy head caps the rich golden body and leaves a Brussels lace in your glass.

Delaware’s most famous patriot lends his name to our Golden Ale. To honor this man, who was well known for his good humor, vivacity, generosity of character, integrity, diligence and patriotism, we craft our Caesar Rodney Golden Ale in true American style, worthy of a hero.

Style Golden Ale
ABV 5.5%
IBU 35

BEST PAIRED WITH

Light summer fare such as green tossed or cold pasta salads.

Jubilicious Winter Seasonal

BREWED WITH PASSION

This hearty ale is a holiday season celebration favorite. It has a ruby red color and complex spicy taste that makes it a true “winter warmer.” The intricate flavor profile is derived from blending the finest Briess roasted malts and specialty grains without adding any outside flavorings or spices.

Jubilicious was crafted in celebration of the winter holiday tradition of people skating and playing ice hockey at Twin Lakes. Generations of local folks have come together and enjoyed our beautiful, frozen lakes. We are proud to be a part of many happy winter memories for the people in our community.

Style Holiday Ale
ABV 8%
IBU 65

BEST PAIRED WITH

Hearty and/or spiced holiday comfort foods.

About Twin Lakes

We Are An American Farm Brewery

Twin Lakes Brewing Company is passionate about preserving the art of American brewing. In the true spirit of patriotism, we are inspired to produce only premium American ales and lagers. Our devotion to quality and tradition ensures that we use only the finest ingredients: whole flower hops, the best grains, cultured brewer’s yeast, and most exceptionally, water from the deep rock aquifer located on the Twin Lakes Farm. Our pure water, perfectly balanced and rich in minerals, adds a refreshing smoothness and unique quality to our beer.

Our 25 barrel, steam-fired, gravity-fed, five vessel brew house and tasting room is a converted art studio and tractor barn at the historic Twin Lakes Farm (est. 1826) in Greenville, Delaware. This historic 252 acre farm, nestled in the beauty and rich heritage of Delaware’s Brandywine Valley, has been in Sam’s family for seven generations, making Twin Lakes a long standing good neighbor and member of the community. We believe our American farm brewery and its exceptional beer are part of what makes Delaware and the surrounding region so special.

Meet the Twin Lakes Team:

Sam Hobbs

Co-Founder and CEO

 

Sam Hobbs was born and raised on Twin Lakes Farm, so to say it’s in his blood is no exaggeration. In 1985, while attending the University of California at Berkeley, Sam wrote a humorous chemistry paper about “aqueous beer foam” (the head of a beer). A man of many passions, from water sports to mountain biking, Sam embraced the art of craft brewing from that point on. Upon completion of his master’s degree program from the University of Cape Town in 1994, Sam became the craft brew entrepreneur he was at heart.

The deep creative spark and passion for brewing came after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. As he sat drinking homebrewed stout with five of his closest friends, Sam was inspired by patriotic feelings and the American dream to create his own business. Along with his friends, Sam developed a unique 15-gallon, gravity fed pilot system. Work soon began to create the first signature brew. The result was not simply drinkable – it was good.

Sam and his friends founded Twin Lakes Brewing Company in 2003. On April 13, 2006, their first two brands, Greenville Pale Ale and Route 52 Pilsner, were launched. Since that time, Sam and Twin Lakes have become synonymous with the creative art and science of superior hand crafted beer.


 

Matt day

Sales and Marketing Director

 

Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Delaware, Matt Day is the head of sales and marketing and a co-founder of Twin Lakes. He has a long history in beer sales that includes the introduction of Bass Ale to the United States. Matt also introduced the U.S. to the engineering magic of Guinness nitro cans and was involved in the introduction and promotion of the Heineken keg can. He became a U.S. citizen soon after brewing operations started at Twin Lakes.

Matt is a true “ambassador of ale.” His knowledge of brewing, its history and that of the beer industry in general puts him in high demand for our Wednesday and Saturday brewery tours. Matt’s easy ability to extoll the virtues of our fresh, local, delicious brew has made him a Twin Lakes beer evangelist and an unquestionable hit with visitors and customers alike. When Matt visits area pubs and sales outlets, you’ll most likely see him with our other well-known Twin Lakes ambassador, his smiling blonde Labrador retriever, Summer.

 

 

 

 

rob pfeiffer

Head Brewer

 

Rob first discovered his penchant for brewing while he was a student at Northland Environmental College in Ashland, Wisconsin, considered one of the country’s “beer states.” A true child of the ‘60s, Rob found a way to really enjoy studying fermentation in his organic chemistry class. Steven’s Point Brewery, one of the America’s original microbreweries, became an extended classroom for Rob when he visited as an assignment for his chemistry class. His “experiments” never stopped after that. Following his graduation, Rob continued making beer and started serious home brewing in the ‘70s. He lived in Wisconsin for another nine years, trained as a licensed home inspector and kept learning how to brew better beer. At about that time, Rob met and became friends with another home inspector, Jack Wick, who co-founded Twin Lakes with friends Sam Hobbs and Matt Day.

Rob is a five year veteran of Twin Lakes. He started as assistant brewer in 2006 and became head brewer in 2008. His goal is to make Twin Lakes an environmentally conscious brewery. With its latest additions of solar panels for energy and other new construction, Rob is making progress toward his goal to, “… make the place more and more green.”

When he’s not up to his elbows in the Twin Lakes brewing process, Rob is an accomplished guitar player and musician. And he’s still an avid home brewer who believes, “Making good beer is a combination of chemistry, physics and art that’s best combined with friends.

 

carol tedesco

Administrator, CFO and Only Sane Person

 

Carol met Sam Hobbs while working at a local café and became his barista of choice for his mocha lattes. They struck up an immediate friendship over the milk steamer and Sam soon discovered Carol’s stellar background in legal administration and organizational development. He invited her to come work for him and become the voice of Twin Lakes Brewery. Carol ultimately became the brewery’s administrator and Sam’s personal assistant . Since then, she has become the undisputed “ring master” for customers visits, event coordination and all things office related, keeping the brewery tightly on schedule and running smoothly.

Carol leads the legion of loyal volunteers (see “Our Volunteers”) and keeps them actively involved with brewery events, tours and other happenings. In addition to her sense of humor, Carol’s ability to juggle anything that comes through the brewery door ensures that the show always goes on at the “3-ring circus” of Twin Lakes Brewery.

Our Volunteers:

Liz & Bob

As dear friends and long time beer connoisseurs, we appreciate the fact that our visitors naturally gravitate to Bob’s and Liz’s sense of fun and knowledge of craft brews to enhance the entire Twin Lakes experience.

Chris

Chris is a dedicated and cherished volunteer whose vast bar tending experience qualifies him as an expert resource during events, tours and tastings. When not at Twin Lakes, Chris can be found at many of the Brandywine Valley’s premier events, especially steeple chase competitions.

Bev

Bev has donated countless hours at the brewery and is one of our most treasured volunteers. She loves people and has a knack for bringing fun along with her experience to every happening for Twin Lakes .

Ken & Kathy

Loyal and respected Twin Lakes volunteers Ken and Kathy are extremely knowledgeable about beer. Together with their kids, Melanie and Andrew, the entire family is dedicated to advancing knowledge of craft beers and helping our patrons at the brewery.

… and all of our adored and loyal volunteers!

Twin Lakes Merchandise

What better way to remember your time at Twin Lakes than to take home one our prized, hand crafted growlers filled with your favorite Twin Lakes beer? They make fantastic gifts, the kind people always want but won’t buy for themselves. A glass growler filled with the brew of your choice can go home with you just as easily, along with a couple of our imprinted pint glasses so you can share the great flavor of our Greenville Pale Ale or Tweeds Stout with a friend (a very good friend!). Our soft, comfortable Twin Lakes T’s are perfect for your next beer tasting — or for just hanging out with friends.


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All our products Assorted Merchandise White T-Shirt (front) Cycling jersy Pumpkin Growler 4 New Mug designs Hat $12) Pint Glass $5 Pint Ceramic Growler $75.00 Quart Ceramic Growler $100.00 Half Gallon Growler $125.000 One Gallon Growler $250.00 Two Gallon Growler $400.00 Three Gallon Growler $900.00 Four Gallon Growler $1,150.00) Ceramic Mug $30.00 Ceramic Pub Tile $26.00

Events & Music

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Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

In Early Summer
Rodney Square in Downtown Wilmington, Delaware
Clifford Brown was a trumpet player whose life tragically ended as a result of a car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early one summer morning in 1956. Once on the brink of stardom in the music world, ready to become one of the premier jazz trumpeters of his time (like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie), his fans and admirers have made certain that Clifford’s legacy of lives on. Celebrate his life with music by other world class musicians in Rodney Square near the special landmark commemorating Clifford’s birth.

 

Oktoberfest at the Delaware Saengerbund

September 19, 20 and 21, 2014
Newark, Delaware

Celebrating more than 200 years of Oktoberfest! Features: Bavarian bands; folk dancing; German foods and beverages; amusement rides and games.

 

Kennett Square Brew Fest

October 11, 2014
Downtown Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Sample beers from over 60 local, regional and craft breweries. Tickets are required for all attendees.
ALL proceeds benefit Historic Kennett Square, a 501-C3 non-profit organization committed to making Kennett Square a social, cultural and economic center.

 

TWIN LAKES HARVEST FEST

October 25, 2014    12:00 - 4:00 PM

~ADULTS ONLY~

This is one of the best events of the year! We'll feature Live Music and the Twin Lakes Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest will be available for tastings!

 

- German Food

- Pumpkin Weight Contest

- Sales!

- Our Twin Lakes Local Honey will be available too!

- Growler fills for off-premise consumption!

 

Third Annual, "Red Shoe and Brew" at
Twin Lakes Brewery

Saturday October 18, 2014 from 2-6PM

 

Live auction, barbecue dinner buffet, beer,
tour of Twin Lakes Brewery, & outdoor games galore!

 

The Red Shoe Society (RSS) is a group of young philanthropic professionals who provide support to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and organize activities and fundraising events, volunteer at the House and share our mission in the community. To learn more about the RedShoe Society and how you can become involved click here.

 

Third ANNUAL WILMINGTON BURGER BATTLE

August 23, 2014

 

This outdoor, rain-or-shine Battle pits restaurants from northern Delaware (and beyond) against each other in competition for the titles of Best Burger, Best Alternative Burger, and People's Choice Burger. The event is open to the public and proceeds support the Ministry of Caring's Emmanuel Dining Room. The ticket price covers all the burgers you can sample, beer from Twin Lakes Brewing Co. (for adults), soft drinks and music. Local celebrity judges will be on hand as well!

 

Giving Back to the Community

Twin Lakes Brewery is proud of its involvement with our surrounding community. We are a popular locale for charitable fund-raising groups as many organizations find that attendance goes up with included brewery tours and tastings! We’ve hosted charities and groups as diverse as Miles for Melanoma, Light up the Queen, Faithful Friends, Delaware Nature Society and many others. Contact us today for your next event!

 

Music

Twin Lakes Farm was blessed with a natural amphitheater overlooking our lakes. We’re currently developing this area into a very special concert setting to host musical groups and events. We’re booking now for the 2011 summer season … Stay tuned!

 

Events

Twin Lakes Farm is a beautiful setting for many events throughout the year. Our Harvest Festival in the fall is a fun-filled afternoon of live music, activities, food, tours and tastings. We support the local arts community with occasional showings of artists such as Frolic Weymouth, Mark Dance, Scott LoBaido and others. At other times we have live music in the tasting room or holiday themed tour/tasting days.

 

Schedule of Events

Winterthur Point-to-Point

Sunday May 4, 2014  
Buy your tickets NOW to the Twin Lakes Tent!
Come share a glorious day of steeplechase racing celebrating Mother’s Day at this year’s Point-to-Point, set amidst the splendor of Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur estate. Pack a picnic lunch or tailgate spread, treat mom to a special day and a cold Twin Lakes pint as you enjoy one of the Brandywine Valley’s most stylish sporting events!

 

Twin Lakes Farm Antique Fair & Market

June 14th
A unique event showcasing the beautiful countryside of the Brandywine Valley, Twin Lakes Brewery and an array of unique antique dealers, vintage finds, and expertly handcrafted items ranging from the elegant to the whimsical!

Sam Hobbs, the brewery founder is pleased to continue his focus on his motto: Fresh-Local-Delicious, by bringing the best vendors, unique artists, and pairing them with his own locally brewed beers. Located on the grounds of historic Twin Lakes Farm which is on the scenic byway, Kennett Pike, the Fair and Market is easily accessible and offers plenty of free parking.

 

Philly Beer Week and Opening Ceremonies

May 30 - June 8, 2014
Participating venues are listed on the Web site.

Join Twin Lakes at Philly Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of beer in arguably THE best beer-drinking city in America! Established in 2008, it’s the largest beer celebration of its kind in America, featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights to area bars, restaurants and other locations throughout Greater Philadelphia.

 

Brandywine Valley Attractions

To round out your visit to Twin Lakes Brewery, we hope you’ll also take time to visit and stroll through at least a few of our many other area attractions. Twin Lakes proudly states its location as being in “the heart of the Brandywine Valley” because this area has been one of our country’s most important historical locations since the Revolutionary War. Did you know that the Brandywine River was home to the du Pont de Nemours family, whose gunpowder manufacturing plant at Hagley on the Brandywine gave the struggling colonial army superior fire power over the British? Hagley, also a former DuPont estate with a stunning mansion, surrounding acreage, manufacturing and out buildings, is now a museum that offers the best of historical Delaware: a living record of the ingenuity of the colonists and the preservation of the Brandywine countryside made famous in paintings by Wyeth, Weymouth and other artistic realists.

We hope you’ll consider joining us for a Twin Lakes tour and beer tasting after a Saturday “day trip” to the premier attractions that are literally just down the road from our farm. After all, walking along the Brandywine and over the grounds at nationally famous Winterthur museum is a very thirsty business … and, at the end of your day, we’ll be here to help you quench your thirst!

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. Here, amid 1,050 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you’ll find beauty at every turn. Stroll the grounds and explore our conservatories, fountains, outdoor gardens, historic house. There is something for everyone on this treasured, former du Pont estate.

Mendenhall Inn

The Mendenhall Inn was named for the village of Mendenhall, and its leading citizen, Elwood Mendenhall, who owned the land across from the present Inn in 1881. Sumptuous country French and New American cuisine selections, white glove service, superb tableside “flambé” desserts and coffees make dining at the Mendenhall Inn a special and unique experience. Overnight packages at the Inn include admission tickets to museums and gardens located throughout the Brandywine Valley.

Nemours Mansion

Nemours, the former 300 acre estate of Alfred I. du Pont, was named after the du Pont ancestral home in north central France and built for his second wife. Guided tours are the only way guests are able to see the house and grounds – see what it was like to live on a grand scale in the Brandywine Valley at the beginning of the 20th century.

Old New Castle/Jessop’s Tavern

The small, picturesque village of New Castle, originally named Fort Casimir, was founded in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant and was, at first, a Dutch settlement. The three counties which make up the state of Delaware were added to William Penn’s lands in America, for which he came ashore at New Castle in 1682 to take possession. The three Delaware counties were already well established and quickly became dissatisfied with Penn’s rule. In 1704, he granted them a separate legislature and Delaware was on its way to becoming a separate colony, with New Castle as its first capital.

Jessop’s Tavern is within walking distance of Battery Park and the mighty Delaware River. It’s a great restaurant and pub with a special Old World New Castle charm that every visitor should experience.

The Queen Theater/World Café Live

With more shows to choose from as of April 2011, plus great food served up from our state-of-the-art kitchen, World Cafe Live at the Queen has music that cooks and food that rocks! Keep in the know through our Live Access and share all the happenings on our new stage in the life of Wilmington!

Rockwood Mansion

Rockwood Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an English Country Estate in America built for Joseph Shipley, a merchant banker originally from Wilmington. The mansion was Shipley’s retirement home. The parlor rooms are lavishly furnished with period pieces and fine examples of English, Continental and American decorative arts from the 17th and 19th centuries. The gardens are comprised of six acres of exotic foliage and a conservatory filled with examples of Victorian flora.

Young Friends of the Brandywine

Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy is a membership group and volunteer committee of young adults dedicated to furthering the goals of the Brandywine Conservancy and its two operating programs, The Environmental Management Center and Brandywine River Museum.

Winterthur

Nestled in the heart of Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley, this extraordinary museum, garden, and library offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, and programs for all ages.

Delight in the museum’s magnificent collection of American decorative arts as you tour the house and exhibition galleries. Enjoy the glorious 60-acre garden and surrounding woodlands and meadows, and play in Enchanted Woods, the award-winning children’s garden. Dine in Winterthur's cafés and shop the many options in the Museum Stores.

The Brandywine Valley

The Brandywine Valley is home to much of America’s history, world-class museums, lavish “American castles”, formal and natural gardens and several unique events. Listed below are some of the Brandywine’s top attractions.

The Brandywine Battlefield

The actual Battle of the Brandywine took place over a 10 square mile area. The British approached Chadds Ford from Kennett Square, splitting their forces and trapping the American’s between them. The battle’s final conflict took place near the Birmingham Friends Meeting house.

The Brandywine River Museum

Often called the “Wyeth Museum” for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie – the Brandywine River Museum is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Delaware Low Digit Tags

For years, Delaware has been one of the few states in the U.S. where license plates are sold for outrageous numbers and are also seen as an investment. Look for a tag or find out how to sell yours!

Delaware Natural History Museum

The Delaware Natural History Museum’s permanent exhibits include dioramas illustrating mammals and birds in their natural habitats, as well as the museum’s internationally famous collection of seashells.

Delaware Art Museum

Noted for its unrivaled collections of English Pre-Raphaelite art and the works of Wilmington native Howard Pyle, the museum also features extensive collections of American art. The completely renovated museum currently displays approximately 6% of the 12,000 works currently in the museum’s collections in 17 different galleries.

Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

Wilmington, Delaware is your gateway to the beautiful Brandywine Valley. Discover New Castle County, Delaware ~ Check out our special offers, offering discounts on attractions, hotels, restaurants and more!

Hagley Museum

Hagley Museum and Library, the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont de Nemours in 1802, is where the du Pont story begins. Walk back in time, through the original 235-acres of gunpowder mills, estate and gardens on the banks of the rolling Brandywine and experience the flavor of 19th-century industrial and domestic life.

The Inn at Montchanin

The village of Montchanin was once part of the Winterthur estate. Named for Alexandrine de Montchanin, grandmother of the founder of the DuPont Gunpowder Company, Montchanin Village is comprised of 11 carefully restored buildings dating from 1799 to 1910. The Inn offers 28 richly furnished guest rooms, many with private, professionally landscaped courtyards and gas fireplaces. Each room and suite is unique, with its own individual character and features in keeping with the village’s picturesque setting.

Krazy Kats

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Krazy Kat’s Restaurant is housed in a renovated blacksmith’s shop, complete with one of the original forges. It is known as much for its creative cuisine as its whimsical décor, which features tiger-print chairs and portraits of military-garbed cats and dogs. Business casual attire is most appropriate and dinner reservations are appreciated.

Contact Us

Twin Lakes Brewery

4210 Kennett Pike

Greenville, DE 19807

(302) 658-1826 Tel

(302) 658-3055 Fax

 

 

 

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Quality Ingredients

only four 100% natural ingredients in our beer

Twin Lakes beer is made from only four quality ingredients: water, hops, grain, and yeast. Nothing more. Nothing less. Only the freshest, all-natural, quality ingredients go into our recipes, making our beer closest you may ever find to the kind of naturally pure beer made centuries ago.

WATER

Water has a tremendous influence on the quality and taste of any beer. Most breweries use municipal water that contains chlorine, fluoride and other pollutants. The water must be re-engineered, cleaned and filtered to make it suitable for brewing.

Twin Lakes has been blessed with its own plentiful source of incredibly pure, unadulterated water. Since the time of George Washington and the American Revolution, Delawareans have identified Twin Lakes with its deep rock artesian well and the two spring-fed lakes on our property that gave us our name. We use the water fresh from the deep well, with no treatment other than filtering for particulates. It has the perfect natural mineral content and pH for creating great American beers. Located right beneath our farm, Twin Lakes water is naturally pure, chemically balanced and free of pollutants. It’s the first and most important ingredient in our craft beers, adding a refreshing smoothness and unique quality to every brew. Our artesian well water is arguably the biggest reason why Twin Lakes consistently makes our “fresh – local – delicious” beer uniquely memorable.

HOPS

Hops, the female flower of the hop plant (Humulus Lupulus), add a crucial balance to the naturally sweet barley malt in beer. Hops also contain a natural preservative, which is important since Twin Lakes beer is neither filtered nor pasteurized.

There are many varieties of hops that impart unique qualities of bitterness, flavor and aroma to the beer.  We use the choicest fresh, whole flower hops from small family farms in the Pacific Northwest and select only the most complementary hops for each of our recipes in the styles we brew.  Much of the hop harvest is processed and extruded into dense pellets. We prefer and only use the unprocessed, whole flower hop to produce as natural a product as possible.

The Cascade variety, with its pleasant flowery, spicy and citrus taste and aroma, is perfect for our Greenville Pale Ale. Compare it with other IPAs. One sip and you’ll taste the difference whole flower hops makes!

 

 

GRAIN

The backbone of most beers is barley. Grown throughout the world (and in much of America), barley must be malted – germinated and then immediately dried in a kiln – to make it suitable for brewing. This complex and delicate process creates sugars, starches and enzymes that are necessary for transforming this grain into beer.

Most Twin Lakes beers are made with the highest quality barley malt from Briess Malt in Wisconsin. We also use Pilsner malt from Europe in our Route 52 lager and the famous Maris Otter malt from the United Kingdom in our Caesar Rodney Golden Ale. For the record, Twin Lakes does not use any corn, rice or added sugars in our beers.

A few of our beers require specialty malts to create rich flavor profiles. Black Malt, which has been roasted at a high temperature, gives our Tweeds Tavern Stout its depth of flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. We also include rolled oats in our stout to create its creamy head and rich mouth feel. Malted wheat is the mainstay of our Winterthur Wheat and Crystal Malt is added to our Greenville Pale Ale to enhance body, deepen the color and add a caramel character.

YEAST

At Twin Lakes, we use the freshest, highest quality ale and lager yeast from Wyeast Laboratories. We carefully select the best possible yeast for each recipe for the ultimate enhancement of the final product. Yeast is a collection of single celled organisms that eat the sugars from the malt and create alcohol, carbon dioxide and heat. There are many varieties (species) of yeast that are available for use in brewing. Many are particularly suited for a specific style of beer. The yeast strain that is used can have a tremendous impact on the final flavors you experience as you enjoy our products.

Our Brewing Process

it all starts with the mash

Our brewing process begins with bags of premium malted grains poured into a grain hopper. It is carried by an auger forty feet up to the grist mill. The mill crushes the grain, which is then collected in a large hopper at the top of the tower. At the same time, down in the brewery, everything is cleaned and sanitized while water is heated in preparation for receiving the crushed grain. Approximately 700 gallons of Twin Lakes’ deep rock well water are pumped into the mash tun and brought up to the proper brewing temperature. A valve is then opened in the tower and the grain is gravity-fed into the mash tun where it is mixed thoroughly with our well water.

The mashing process takes an hour, during which the naturally present enzymes are activated by the water and begin converting the complex starches into simple sugars. This is important because only simple sugars are fermentable.


from wort to beer

The mixture is then drained to the lauter tun, a traditional container with a false bottom. This is where all the grain husks are separated from the sweet wort, the liquid extracted from the mashing process that contains the sugars that will be fermented. Once the grain is cracked, no pump touches the grain.

The false bottom in a lauter tun has thin slits to hold back the solids and allow liquid to pass through. The spent grains form a layer at the bottom of the lauter tun. The wort is then circulated through the grain bed, out the false bottom and then back to the top multiple times until the liquid starts to run clear. The wort is then pumped into the boiling kettle.

Next, we sparge (or spray) the grain bed with clean hot water to extract residual sugars. This liquid is also sent to the kettle. The spent grain will later be removed. Though it is heavy, hard work to remove the grain, a local dairy farmer feeds it to his cattle so there is no waste. The wort is brought to a full rolling boil in the kettle. During this time, whole flower hops are poured in several times to produce bitterness, flavor and aroma. The boil continues for 90 minutes. The wort and hop mixture is drained into the hopback, which strains out all the hop flowers, and the liquid is passed through the heat exchanger. This rapidly cools the wort from 212° to 70°F. Oxygen is added to replace what was lost during boiling.


Why cans?

When we decided it was time to take the next step and package our beer for sale, we did our homework and came to the conclusion that nothing would be better for Twin Lakes beer or the environment we’re committed to preserving than to put it in cans instead of bottles. Canning technology has advanced to such a degree that we feel it’s the only packaging good enough for our beer. In fact, we’re so committed to cans that we don’t farm out our beer for packaging. We made the investment and installed our own, brand new canning/packaging operation at our brewery in order to launch our first, fresh brewed Greenville Pale Ale and keep a strict eye on quality right from Twin Lakes Farm.

Why are cans better for our beer? Unlike bottles, which let some UV light in over time, cans completely block light, specifically UV light, from “skunking” our beer. Cans are also non-air permeable, meaning that dissolved oxygen levels are much lower than similar beers in bottles. Since no air can enter the sealed can, our beer maintains its fresh draft beer taste until you’re ready to enjoy it.

Our cans are made of 50% consumer recycled aluminum and are infinitely recyclable. They require less energy to create than glass bottles and need less fuel to ship since empty cans weigh far less than empty bottles. If this smaller carbon footprint wasn’t enough to convince us (though it really was), we were totally in favor of cans when we found studies show that Americans are more likely to actually recycle aluminum cans than glass bottles.

According to our owner, Sam Hobbs, “Cans are the perfect extension of our kegging operation. After all, cans are really just baby kegs, making them the best possible option we could have for our unfiltered, unpasteurized, all natural beer.”

With today’s active lifestyles, cans usually go where glass bottles cannot. Whether you’re at the beach, the park, the pool or the golf course; if you’re fishing, camping, boating … or cutting the lawn then just hanging out, you can take our full-flavored, fine craft beer wherever glass bottles don’t go. Cans go where the party is; glass can’t. And let’s face it, if you’ve ever lost a bike tire to broken bottle shards, you’ll appreciate the reduction in that kind of road hazard and look forward to rewarding your ride with an ice cold Greenville Pale Ale from the comfort of your own home any time you want it.

We don’t think it gets any better than that.